Please note: SARAI is pronounced like sa-RAY.
I'm the author of the novel Dietland (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 2015, and numerous international editions). My essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Washington Post. I worked as a writer and editor on the 2005 update of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and previously wrote for magazines including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. I earned my M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College, and my Ph.D. in English from the University of London. I've taught writing and literature at several universities. Current projects: I'm living in Los Angeles and working on the Dietland television series. I'm also writing a TV pilot and working on my second novel, which is even more bonkers than my first one
My Ph.D. research focused on normative femininity of the body; the fat female body; consciousness-raising and the ‘personal is political’ in feminist practice and as a literary aesthetic; American second-wave feminist history and fiction; ‘chick lit'; critical theory, particularly Michel Foucault. I read a lot of amazing books during my Ph.D., but if I had to choose the one that influenced me the most, I’d choose this one.